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article image'Frozen' freezes out 'Beyoncé' from No. 1 slot on Billboard 200

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 9, 2014 in Entertainment
After three weeks in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, Queen Bey handed over her crown to Disney's "Frozen," becoming the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach the No. 1 position in the chart's 58-year history.
How did it happen? "There was nothing else to buy!" Rolling Stone writes.
Billboard has another theory. The soundtrack sold 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan, displacing Beyoncé's end-of-2013 surprise album due to "the movie's continued strong showing at the box office, along with sale pricing for the set last week in the iTunes Store." It's currently the fourth-highest-grossing film released in 2013, the music industry magazine reported.
Beyonce's strong-selling self-titled album slipped to No. 2 after sitting at the top position for the past three straight weeks, with 130,000 albums sold (down 58 percent). It has now sold 1.43 million. As a result, Queen Bey has reached a milestone: total sales for the album surpass that of the diva's previous album, 4, which was released in 2011 and has sold 1.39 million.
Frozen is the first animated film soundtrack to take the top spot since Jack Johnson's Curious George reached the top in 2006, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The last animated movie from Disney to hit No. 1 was Pocahontas in 1995 and The Lion King in 1994.
This week, four singles from the movie are on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (No. 27), Demi Lovato's version of "Let It Go" (No. 38), Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez's "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?" (No. 64), and Bell and Menzel's "For the First Time in Forever" (No. 71).
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 managed to hold tight at No. 3 as sales fell 55 percent to 55,000, besting Katy Perry's Prism, which moved up one (down 48 percent on sales of 51,000), as she passed the platinum mark, MTV writes.
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